The St. Louis class action attorneys at Carey Danis & Lowe continue to follow the latest transvaginal mesh lawsuit news happening in the U.S. and around the world. A new court document was recently filed in the American Medical Systems multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The document concerns an expert witness, Dr. Catherine Matthews, who is providing testimony for American Medical Systems.
Claiming past communication with Dr. Matthews, the plaintiffs requested that the court reconsider the involvement in of Dr. Matthews. The plaintiffs claimed that Dr. Matthews was betraying confidentiality in working with the defendants.
Judge Cheryl A. Eifert ruled to maintain Dr. Matthews’s involvement in the American Medical Systems MDL on account of the time of communication between her and the plaintiffs, which was before the creation of the MDL itself. In addition, Judge Eifert found that in her contact with the plaintiffs, Dr. Matthews was made knowledgeable of materials neither confidential nor strategic that would render her involvement improper.
Carey Danis & Lowe believes that Judge Eifert made a judicious decision in light of the evidence presented. Those on the side of the victims of transvaginal mesh products need not be discouraged by Judge Eifert’s ruling, as it appears that Dr. Matthews does not possess knowledge able to betray the plaintiffs’ strategy.
As of early November 2013, there are 11,496 transvaginal mesh lawsuits consolidated into the American Medical Systems MDL. The American Medical Systems MDL is one of six MDLs being heard in the West Virginia federal court by Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. The additional five MDLs involve mesh manufacturers Ethicon, C. R. Bard, Boston Scientific, Coloplast, and Cook Medical.
American Medical Systems is one of the transvaginal mesh manufacturers currently purported to be in settlement discussions along with C. R. Bard, Boston Scientific, Coloplast, and Cook Medical, according to Bloomberg. Ethicon is not participating in the settlement talks.
Carey Danis & Lowe attorneys are currently investigating transvaginal mesh cases, and are offering free case evaluations. If you believe that your injuries were caused by a transvaginal mesh implant, you have a case that may qualify you to receive compensation.
If you have concerns about health complications associated with transvaginal mesh, discuss them with one of Carey Danis & Lowe’s on-staff nurses. Also, read more about transvaginal mesh and mesh lawsuits on the Carey Danis & Lowe personal injury litigation blog.
Share your transvaginal mesh injury story with Carey Danis & Lowe today by calling 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim.References: Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh